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Manufacturing RationalityThe Engineering Foundations of the Managerial Revolution$
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Yehouda Shenhav

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250004.001.0001

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Engineers, Labor Politics, and American Exceptionalism before 1900

Engineers, Labor Politics, and American Exceptionalism before 1900

(p.134) 5 Engineers, Labor Politics, and American Exceptionalism before 1900
Manufacturing Rationality

Yehouda Shenhav

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the relationship between engineering rationality and labour politics prior to 1900. It presents quantitative empirical data showing that while labour unrest intensified over time, its coverage in engineering literature gradually declined. The chapter further argues that the severity of industrial unrest was overlooked within the bounds of American Exceptionalism. Strikes were considered foreign to the American experience, anarchism was attributed to European subversive philosophies, and the possibility of class struggle was denied.

Keywords:   engineering rationality, labour politics, labour unrest, American Exceptionalism, industrial unrest

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